RESEARCH, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
ENERGY EFFICIENT TINY HOMES

 

INTRODUCTION TO TINY HOMES PROJECT OF TGG

TGG Foundation is focusing on developing a model to initiate training students of architecture and practicing architects on Sustainable Energy Efficient Tiny Homes. The sustainable homes will be designed & built using local materials, engage and develop local talent and employment generation. The aim of the project is to create homes that will have less ecological impact, are easy to construct, low cost, lightweight, long lasting, energy efficient, naturally ventilated, all weather and suitable for all terrains. It is a research project of TGG Foundation to address the growing need of affordable housing within the country and internationally, an income generating opportunity for youths under Work, Earn & Develop and to accomplish the Sustainable Rural Development Goals minimizing damage to the environment & also to see if environment and ecology can be restored to earlier times or enhanced through such intervention by TGG.

OBJECTIVES

The researchers engaged in this project will focus on the following objectives –

  1. Coordinating a study on Sustainable Architecture (materials & technology) which includes aspects like renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural daylighting and ventilation and use of materials that are reusable and recyclable.
  2. To plan energy conservation measures for a passive building envelope system.
  3. To create a prototype model which is easy to build, costs less and uses optimum resources with least wastage that can be reused / recycled.
  4. Enhance the rural infrastructure and living standards, giving a new look and feel to the place where it is built, optimum space management, earthquake resistant, easy to modify, durable and affordable housing solutions. 

TIMELINE

The researchers will follow a strict timeline –

  1. Objective 1 and 2 – Three months
  2. Objective 3 and 4 – Six months After completion and acceptance of objective 1 and 2.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Enhancing our understanding of energy efficient tiny homes through the study of traditional architecture design philosophies and principles. Detailed analysis on natural daylighting and ventilation, renewable energy incorporation, and use of recyclable and reusable materials.To study on natural daylighting and ventilation with aspects on glare and heat gain.

Detailed study on works of current architects and architecture schools who practice sustainability including use of materials other than Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) and Steel. To investigate structural stability of buildings and structures built of traditional materials like mud, wood, bamboo, use of agricultural waste like straws, stubble etc.

To adopt action-based research that combines traditional wisdom with modern technology. This means that the research has to include use of traditional materials like mud or mud plaster, wood, bamboo, Mangalore roofing tiles or shingles etc. with modern aesthetics in architecture design. The interiors of the house would entail locally developed and produced handicrafts that includes use of local handicrafts.

BACKGROUND OF THE RESEARCH

The study of “A” shaped structures throughout the history of mankind and its application in the current scenario. The advantages of “A” shaped structures over other forms of structures. To explore construction techniques of materials like bamboo, wood, mud plaster which are good in strength, easy to construct and materials could be reused after dismantling. The study of renewable energy sources like solar panels, wind mill, hydroelectric power to be made available in small scale and their easy installation and dismantling when required.

LOCATION OF THE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Wayanad, Kerala with the epi center at The Green Gardens (A Sustainable living Farm developed by TGG Foundation since 2014) and adjoining Edakkal Caves (a UNESCO) approved world heritage site.

DETAILS OF OUR UPCOMING EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Starting on 20th October – 2nd November 2022

For professionals enrolled under Work, Earn & Develop, the program is offered free of cost.

For all other participants Rs.14000/ will be charged for a 14 day program

For more details about the activities please visit Experiential Learning Program

OUTCOME & IMPLEMENTATION

To employ simplified construction techniques for the prototype which can be executed without the help of skilled masons in sustainable construction. To emerge with construction methodologies in such a way that materials used in construction can be reused and recycled with minimal waste after dismantling. To come with an architecture design that adapts to different climatic zones of India and different topographies across the country.  

OPPORTUNITIES

  1. ENTREPRENEURIAL:- Sustainable Architects, Civil Engineers, Experienced structure engineers, Electrical & Plumbing Engineers, Renewable Energy experts, Environment Impact Experts, Hotel Management Graduates, Landscapist or Interior Designer between the age group of 23 and 29 with freelance or entrepreneurial experience can Associate with TGG under the Work, Earn and Develop program to establish Research, Training & Development projects in Rural areas. Model project location is in Wayanad, Kerala, India. Implementation potential-PAN India. Interested professionals can fill the Application Form and submit. (RHM Registration is mandatory, Type of Engagement – Associate Member, once selected. We request you to understand the Responsible Human Mission (RHM), your role and your contribution as an Associate Member before filling the Application form)
  2. RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS:- Architecture / Civil Engineering students can join as research volunteers and participate remotely. (RHM Registration is mandatory, Type of Engagement – Short term engagement).

PARTICIPANTS – WORK, EARN & DEVELOP PROGRAM

Rashmi Prasad Project Associate

Rashmi is an Architect from Bangalore with a keen interest in sustainable and traditional rural architecture. She has joined TGG Foundation as an Associate Member and will be responsible for coordinating the research and development of the Energy Efficient Tiny Home project. She has also taken part in the National Awards for Excellence in Architecture Thesis 2021 of zone 4 in the year 2022 as a participant.

RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS

Aditi Sanjaya
3rd year Architecture

Bangalore, INDIA

Sruday Kanagali
3rd year Architecture

Bangalore, INDIA

Smarth Sharma
Freelance Architect

Chandigarh, INDIA

Sumanjeel Kumar
Sustainable Architect

Rourkela, INDIA

Sakshi Suhalka
Environmental Architect

Pune, INDIA

Ananya Sheshadri
Architect

Bangalore, INDIA